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Investigate Spelling Patterns in Pluralisation 1

In this worksheet, students consider and practise different ways of forming the plurals of words.

'Investigate Spelling Patterns in Pluralisation 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Spelling Awareness (use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling)

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The usual way of making a singular noun into a plural noun is to add s, but a lot of words need altering before the s is added.

 

If a noun ends in ch, sh, x or ss, we usually add es.

church    churches

box    boxes

 

If a noun ends in a consonant and y we usually delete the y and add ies.

city    cities

Note that if the letter before the y is a vowel then we just add s.

monkey   monkeys

 

If a noun ends in f or fe we usually delete the f or fe and add ves.

wife    wives

Note that if the noun ends in double f then we just add s.

cliff    cliffs

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

baby

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

lunch

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

half

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

fox

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

donkey

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

sheriff

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

leaf

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

wish

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

box

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

church

  • Question 1

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

baby

CORRECT ANSWER
babies
EDDIE SAYS
Good job! The trick here is to remember the rule; if a word ends in a 'y' you drop the 'y' and replace it with 'ies'. However don't forget if the word has a vowel and then a 'y' you only need to add an 's' to the end of the word.
  • Question 2

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

lunch

CORRECT ANSWER
lunches
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! The rule here is if a noun ends in 'ch' you need to add 'es' to make the word plural.
  • Question 3

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

half

CORRECT ANSWER
halves
EDDIE SAYS
Super work. Again the trick is to remember that if a noun ends in 'f' you drop the 'f' and replace it with 'ves'. However if the word ends in double 'f' you only need to add an 's' to the original noun. You've got this!
  • Question 4

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

fox

CORRECT ANSWER
foxes
EDDIE SAYS
This is the same rule as nouns ending in 'ch'. If the word ends in 'x' you add 'es' to make the plural. For example 'box' would become 'boxes'. Keep it up rock star!
  • Question 5

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

donkey

CORRECT ANSWER
donkeys
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? The rule is normally if the noun ends in 'y' you drop it and replace it with 'ies'. However this does not apply when there is a vowel before the 'y'. As there is an 'e' before the 'y' in 'donkey' all we need to do is add an 's'.
  • Question 6

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

sheriff

CORRECT ANSWER
sheriffs
EDDIE SAYS
Did this catch you out? Remember when the noun ends in 'ff' you must just add an 's' to the end of the word to make it plural. Keep up the good effort!
  • Question 7

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

leaf

CORRECT ANSWER
leaves
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! The noun ends in 'f' and there is only one, so we drop the 'f' and replace it with 'ves'.
  • Question 8

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

wish

CORRECT ANSWER
wishes
EDDIE SAYS
As this noun ends in 'sh' to make it plural we just need to add 'es'. Nearly there super star!
  • Question 9

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

box

CORRECT ANSWER
boxes
EDDIE SAYS
Have you got the hang of this now? The more you practise the more familiar you will become with the rules. When a word ends in 'x' we add 'es'.
  • Question 10

Write the plural of the following noun.

 

church

CORRECT ANSWER
churches
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! As this noun ends in 'ch' we simply add 'es'.
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